Facebook is testing autoplaying videos with the sound already on | Recode – autoplaying videos sound very annoying and will likely result in a net reduction in audience engagement.
In the electronics doldrums | The Japan Times – During the 1990s, Japan’s electronics industry made as great a contribution to the nation’s economic growth as automakers. In the latter half of that decade, the electronics sector alone had a trade surplus close to ¥10 trillion a year. After the turn of the century, however, it started showing signs of decline and its trade balance turned into the red in 2013. Statistics for that year showed that electronics components and devices scored a trade surplus of ¥2.9 trillion, but trade in finished electronics products incurred a deficit of ¥3.7 trillion. – and with that drop has come a resulting decline in quality in products from countries that substituted Japan in the global supply chain. Made in China means ‘a little bit shit’. More in Japan.
Permission to be substandard | Rob Hinchcliffe – interesting post on quality and what it means for social. But there is also an aspect to memory building and social as well.
Samsung plans refurbished smartphone program: source | Reuters – taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, but it won’t help in China or India. Samsung’s brand doesn’t have the gravitas on it.